DC Police Community Engagement Academy: Seeking Applicants for Spring Program

MPD is currently seeking nominations for the Spring 2016 Cohort of its Community Engagement Academy, a twenty-eight hour program (over six weeks) that provides interested community members the opportunity to learn firsthand about police operations and gain a personal view of the positive aspects and challenges that confront officers on a daily basis.

Click here for more information, the point of contact for questions, photo gallery, and to submit an interest card.  (Note that Participants must undergo a basic background check prior to participation.)

Here’s the tentative Spring schedule:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (6-8 pm) – Overview of the Metropolitan Police Department

Saturday, March 12, 2016 (8-2 pm) – Joining the Department (Standards and Process), A Day in the Life of A MPD Recruit, and Juvenile/Youth Investigations/Youth Creating Change

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (6-9 pm) – OUC Discussion & Tour & SLU Presentation

Saturday, March 26, 2016 (8-2 pm) – Patrol Operations (Officers, Sergeant, Detectives) and District Cell Block Tour

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 (4-8 pm) – Specialized Policing (i.e., Harbor Patrol, K-9 Demonstration, EOD Demonstration)

Saturday, April 9, 2016 (8a-4 pm) – Role of Police Officers in the Community – in partnership with the United States Holocaust Museum Memorial

Activity [March 16 – April 9] – Ride Along

Monday, April 18, 2016 (4-8pm) – Tactical Training Center – Scenarios and Use of Force Discussion

Thursday, April 21, 2016 (6-8 pm) -Presentation of Certificates and Photograph with COP


The MPD Community Engagement Academy was launched in 2015 by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.  On July 16, 2015, the Department graduated its first cohort with 20 community members from all seven police districts. Three cohorts are held annually (Summer, Fall, and Spring).

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